What to do?

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What to do?

Postby SchralpTheGnar » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:41 pm

I have the weekend next weekend to go skiing. I'd like to continue on my "Ski Most of the 14ers" project and am wondering what would be the best option. I think it's down to Holy Cross, Ellingwood, Kit Carson, or Sneffles as being potentially skiable. I'm thinking that HC would have the best chance of a summit ski via the cross couloir, but was wondering what the 14ers crew had for opinions.

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Re: What to do?

Postby benners » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:57 am


I think out of the list you mentioned HC would be your best bet. East facing stuff in the Sawatch has been good this year, especially further north. I wouldn't mess with the Sangres at this point, unless you're extremely determined and are willing to billy goat more than you ski. I remember a thread a week or so ago that contained photos from Sneffels, and the Birthday Chutes looked uncomfortably thin. I think the guy who posted it had to really scrape together a descent off the summit. We actually cancelled a Yankee Boy trip we had planned after seeing those shots.

HC would be good I think, but there are some obvious hurdles to getting back there. Given that you're going to be hiking a long ways on dry ground to get just about any 14er descent right now, you might as well set yourself up for good skiing when you get there, right?

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Re: What to do?

Postby Mrwaffles989 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:14 pm

I believe Holy Cross was skied just a few days ago. Looks good.


P.S., If you're looking for a partner, I've been eyeing HC for a while :P
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